Young Farmers Promotion at Cromarty Firth

Today, our focus was on places in N.E. Scotland associated with Clan Ross. Our endeavours were partly successful in that whilst we did visit locations such as Tain (Easter Ross), Pitcalnie (Ross-Shire) and Kildary (Easter Ross) we were unable to view Balnagown Castle, ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan Ross, as ownership has changed and the property is very secluded. However, weather conditions were, on balance, favourable and we were fortunate to view a wide range of sites plus a wedding and crew of a sea-going skiff undergoing training.

First, we toured the Black Isle (north of Inverness) with first stop at Chanonry Point with object of viewing dolphins but the animals were not present.

Lighthouse at Chanonry Point, Black Isle

Rowers undergoing training on sea-going Skiff at Cromarty

Oil Rigs at Cromarty, Black Isle

Cromarty Firth, Scotland

Cromarty Firth, Scotland

Cromarty Bridge over Cromarty Firth

Next to the quaint village of Cromarty where we viewed the skiff adverted to above plus a large number of ‘retired’ oil platforms moored in the Cromarty Firth (sea loch).

Next, to a refreshment stop at the Storehouse on western side of the Cromarty Firth then to Kildary, Pitcalnie and Tain.

Tain Parish church

Next, north across past Glenmorangie Distillery and across the Dornoch Firth Bridge to the popular small town of Dornoch which boasts numerous shops, an ancient Cathedral and links golf course. We had lunch here.

Dornoch Cathedral

Centre of Dornoch

Bride entering Dornoch Cathedral

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Dornoch Beach, east of Scotland.

Finally, we returned down the A9 highway to Inverness where guest purchased various items of Clan Ross tartan from Highland House of Fraser.

Tomorrow, we travel south to Dunkeld in central Scotland.

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